You guys, I have a confession to make: I'm obsessed with the theme song from Pacific Rim . It just makes everything so much more bad ass. Boring bus ride? NOT ANYMORE. Doing crunches? Don't you mean kicking that Kaiju's ass?! Walking down the street? LIKE A JAEGER, YOU MEAN. However Jaegers are suposed to walk.
Anyway, it got me thinking about some of my other favourite scores from movies and I thought I'd make a lovely little list. Except then I realized that there are too many movies and therefore too many scores. So I decided to narrow down my selection to movies made since 2000. And then I realized that would still be a long list so I limited myself to a selection of 10 films just from the top of my head--no research allowed! Meaning pretty much all of these are scores that I listen to regularly.
Listed alphabetically for your listening pleasure, better turn the volume way up, because here we go:
Atonement (2007) - composed by Dario Marianelli. Yup, it won an Oscar. And yup, it's freakin' amazing. I particularly love the opening scene with "Briony"--partially because of the typewriter-y sounds and partially because of the amazing opening shot it accompanies.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) - composed by Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin. I've listened to the score this film probably a hundred times and it still makes me tear up, particularly this track, "Once there Was a Hushpuppy". "The Bathtub" is also amazing. Okay, they're all amazing.
Bellflower (2011) - score/soundtrack by Jonathan Keevil. There are a lot of things that are fucking brilliant about Bellflower . I mean, the Medusa for one (duh), the cinematography for another, but the original songs and score by Keevil are also incredibly chilling.
Brick (2006) - score by Nathan Johnson. Brick is a movie that I don't think nearly enough people know about. Seriously, guys, you don't know what you're missing. The score was composed by director Rian Johnson's cousin and utilized convetional instruments, like violins (boooooooring), non-conventional instruments, like kitchen utensils, and even entirely invented instruments, like the "wine-o-phone".
Hanna (2011) - score by The Chemical Brothers. I would totally allow myself to be chased around a container park if it could be to this song--true story. I actually hesitate to even show people Hanna , unless I know they'll be watching it with proper surround sound and the volume turned way, way, WAY up.
Inception (2010) - score by Hans Zimmer. I'm sure the movie score gods would smote me if I didn't include something from Hans Zimmer, so here you go. BBUUMMMMM, BBUUUMMMMMMM. Those are my intense bass sound effects. Deal with it.
Pacific Rim (2013) - score by Ramin Djawadi. I know you guys were waiting for me to get to the "P" part of the alphabet so I could post this bad boy. JAEGER! FIGHT! YEAH! But, I mean, it only makes sense that the composer responsible for the Iron Man and Game of Thrones scores would make Pacific Rim (and my every day life) sound so epic.
Requiem for a Dream (2000) - composed by Clint Mansell. Confession time again, guys: I've never actually SEEN Requiem for a Dream , but I do listen to this particularly track a lot. Because it's awesome, that's why. I just can't bring myself to watch the film it goes with--terrible, I know. Fun fact: "Lux Aeterna" was reworked and used in a trailer for LOTR: The Two Towers , called "Requiem for a Tower".
Sunshine (2007) - composed by John Murphy. This is another score I listend to long before I saw the movie--mostly due to Murphy's "Adagio in D Minor" being used a lot in trailers, commercials and other films. Ugh, this might be the most beautifully tragic piece of music I've ever listened to--each time is like the first.
28 Days Later (2002) - composed by John Murphy. What? John Murphy and Danny Boyle again? I can't help that they make beautiful music together. HA, literally. Get it?! GET IT!? I also awkwardly stuck this one last because the title starts with a number and I wasn't sure whether or not to stick it at the front or the end. Okay? Also, eeriest score ever to accompany one of the eeriest zombie movies ever, amirite guys?
Okay, so those are my ten. I know if I thought about it more, I'd want to change it up. And, because it doesn't matter WHAT decade it is, John Williams and the Jurassic Park theme song will always be THE BEST FREAKING THING EVER, special mention goes to just that: